Trinity Sunday conveys the idea of God as a Trinity. It is not easy to explain to people who have no grasp of how God can be three in one, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We live in a society which has largely forgotten what the word ‘God’ means. God is we know in Jesus Christ. In the creeds, when we say we believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God is those Three and the Three are the one God.
When God sent his Son, Jesus, into the world to befriend us and when God sends the Holy Spirit into our hearts, God is opening up his own life of love for us to share in the doctrine of the Trinity and this is what we must understand if we are really to grasp the amazing truth of the Gospel: that God himself in His love has really come into our world as Jesus Christ and that God himself in His love has really come into our own experience as the Holy Spirit.
God the Trinity is the love we find in Jesus Christ and experience in the Holy Spirit. God the Trinity is the mystery of love we can experience but never fully understand.
Psalm 29 is a Psalm of David which proclaims God’s greatness. David called on the angels of heaven to ascribe praise to God. You never know when a storm is coming, so be sure you are worshipping Him and giving Him all the glory.
The greatest beauty of all is the beauty of holiness, and it comes from worshipping the Lord. What power there is in the storm?
What power God has in stilling, in calming the storm. God of all power, the Almighty God, is in control and can bring peace. He is a God of peace.
As God looked upon His people from His throne in Heaven he saw the destruction and sin that was in the world and His love overflowed.
The purpose of God and the purpose of Jesus and the purpose of Christians is to save the world through the power of the Holy Spirit. That is, people and institutions around us that have fallen away from the Lord God and the Godly values of love, justice and goodness and their consequence of peace.
Paul explains what life in God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit offers us. Paul and the Romans celebrated the nature of the Trinity which is community. The Community of God, we are to be one with Him, and to be one family in Him.
It is this Holy spirit in Romans 8: 12 -17 that “God’s Spirit witnesses with our spirit, that we are the children of God”. Paul is saying the Holy Spirit is the witness to our adoption into the family of God. Once we were in absolute control of our sinful human nature.
God in his infinite mercy has brought us into His absolute possession. The past is now cancelled and all our debts are wiped out. We have a new life in God, and become heirs of all of His riches.
We become joint heirs with Jesus Christ, God’s own son. Whatever Christ inherits, we also inherit. If Christ had to suffer, we also inherit that suffering, but if Christ was raised to life and glory we also inherit that life and glory.
Paul’s picture is that we as Christians enter into the family of God even though we do nothing to deserve it.
God, the great Divine Father, in His amazing love and mercy, has taken lost, helpless, poverty-stricken debt-laden sinners (like you and I) and adopted them into His own family, so that debts are cancelled and the glory is inherited.
From the beginning God wanted a relationship with those He created.
But because of our sinfulness, we failed to maintain that perfect harmony.
We cannot live up to be in complete communion with our perfect God. But God, through His immense love for us, sent His Son Jesus Christ, to sacrifice Himself and die on the cross of Calvary to reconcile us to him.
Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Only through Jesus Christ are we able to be in a restored relationship with God. God is a caring, compassionate God, our Father, is relentlessly pursuing us. Through Jesus Christ we obtain access to the grace of God in which we stand.
Only through Jesus Christ can we have hope to share in the glory of God.
We celebrate Gods’ amazing grace; the God who loves us. A God we know through Jesus, is the God of Good Hope. It is through God, through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can know hope.
The Holy Spirit makes us aware of God’s presence in our times of hardship.
This hope comes when God’s love is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
We fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit. It is only through the Holy Spirit that God’s love is poured out onto us.
God offers us a place to stand – a place called grace. In Jesus we have peace with God. Through the Spirit, God’s love is poured out on us. God’s nature is seen in all parts of the Trinity: grace, peace and love are embodied in the three in one and are offered to us if we simply enter into community with God through faith.
The Trinity promises us not only a relationship with God, but a relationship with a God who created us and knows us intimately, and a vulnerable and suffering Saviour (Jesus Christ) who experienced great pain, and an ever present Holy Spirit who is always with us.
In John 3 Nicodemus wanted to know about how to have this life in Christ.
“Being born of the Spirit is talking not about a new mystical height of experience but about a way of living out the life of God in the world. When you see like this, you see the connection between Jesus and God and you see God in Jesus not trying to compete for adoration in the market of miracle workers, but seeking to establish a relationship of love and community. The focus is life. The means is relationship. The motive is love.”
It talks of a birth in the flesh, a birth from above, we can be born of the Spirit. Our first birth leads to death but our second birth in the Spirit brings eternal life.
Jesus, died and was resurrected, He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father to intercede for us.
When He ascended into heaven He told the disciples that they need to wait in Jerusalem. He promised them that they shall receive power and then go out and make disciples of all nations baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
And as they waited, praying, praising and worshipping in one accord. On the tenth day, the rushing violent wind came and all 120 received like cloven tongues of fire came upon them and all received the Holy Spirit, and spoke in different tongues and went out into the streets to preach, teach and heal for sign and wonders followed.
We have God, the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit, the three in one, the Triune God, the Trinity.
When we cannot understand, Jesus promises us that the Holy Spirit will guide us to the answers so that we can understand.
Praise be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus made numerous appearances while on Earth, Life could never be the same for the disciples because His physical, flesh and blood presence was no longer available to them. This wonderful and amazing experience, not a story but a first-hand account of the Ascension will live in their hearts and minds forever.
Their closest and dearest has left them.
They have a great assurance as Jesus said in John 16: 28:-
“I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
Yet, the disciples did not seem lost and forlorn or scattered or even broken hearted. They were assured of the Holy Spirit that they would receive and that His presence will be with them always. He will never leave them destitute.
The disciples, gazing intently up onto the sky as He was going and was hidden behind the cloud. They were so absorbed in this moment and wanted to catch a glimpse of Jesus that they did not notice the two angels who stood beside them.
The intervention of God through the angels, Acts 1:11:-
“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus,who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw go into heaven.”
Yes, Jesus will come back. He will return in the company of millions of the redeemed of all ages, we know not when or at what time. We need to get ready for the second Coming.
Now, what did the disciples do? Luke 24: 52-53:-
And they worshipped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple blessing God.
The joy of the Lord was their strength and they praised and worshipped the Lord, God Almighty for the great and might things He had done.
Yes, they praised and worshipped in one accord, they had a purpose, all 120 of them as the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost.
What a journey this has been and now coming to such a glorious moment of Jesus Ascension, the crowning moment of His work. What an experience these disciples have had.
From the moment of Jesus resurrection and his various appearances to Mary Magdalene, to the disciples, to Thomas touching His wounds, to the fishermen, to the two on the road to Emmaus to the Great Commission of “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”.
Jesus was physically alive and walking the earth, his ministry was limited in the same way our lives are limited, we can only be in one place at a time, yet after the Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost, Jesus’ ministry was limitless through the church and you and I.
By the Ascension they had come to understand that the Resurrection was not just as a physical reality, but an ongoing spiritual experience as well.
What a mix of emotions the followers of Jesus must have felt, yet Jesus wasn’t content to simply comfort them with his presence. He challenged them, he opened their minds to the new thing he was doing.
They ‘returned to Jerusalem with great joy”, in God’s sovereign power. No more fear. Their lives, hearts and minds were transformed, they stepped out in faith, believing that all will be well.
Look at the disciples and the transforming journey from the death of Jesus and in the days after the resurrection.
As Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God, guiding his Church and us his people, leading us through his Holy Spirit we believe that despite all the trials and pains of this life, all will be well.
For three years, the disciples were always with Jesus. Jesus taught them by word and by example a new and a different way of life.
Now the disciples followed Jesus, who did the teaching, did the miracles, did the preaching and made the decision about ministry. Now he ascended into heaven.
What do the followers of Jesus do until He comes again. God expects each one of us to do our part?
Now the disciples will begin their Christian ministry and be in partnership with God.
God is an active God, Jesus trained the disciples to be active in ministry and expects us as followers to be active too. Jesus knew that as long as He was physically present, the followers would wait for Him to do everything instead of taking the initiative to do ministry.
In their three years with the Lord Jesus Christ, the disciples saw Jesus perform numerous miracles and preach and people’s life changed. No one who comes into contact with Jesus, is ever the same again.
The disciples were never the same, they experienced the high moments of the life and ministry of Jesus, His suffering and death and resurrection – to teach His followers about ministry and prepare them for the future to go out and the preach, teach and heal in His name through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The lesson for us all is that the Lord Jesus Christ expects us to be involved and do our part in the church of God. The church, of which Christ is the head, is a source of power to the lost world.
What does the church do? The duty of every church and every Christian is to share the Good News of the Ascended Lord, the Lord Jesus, Saviour of the World to bring health to those who are sick in body, mind and spirit.
The Church of Jesus Christ is the most important “place” on earth, where people in need of God can come and meet with the wonderful, powerful and mighty God, and their lives can be changed forever.
We are claiming that Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lord but why are our churches failing today and are decreasing in number?
Israel believed that God lived in her midst and that changed everything and people came to God and their lives were changed, because they were attracted to this God. So for us, we believe that Jesus lives in the midst of His Church. Yet, today the churches are so cold and the world is hot and the churches, of all denominations, are not attracting people to them and eventually, if this trend is not reversed, it will lead to the complete destruction of the church as we know them today!
The Lord Jesus Christ blesses and equips us for ministry so that we can be faithful witnesses to the love and power of the Lord Jesus Christ to attract people to Him, by caring and loving.
He promises us the Holy Spirit. God’s power is available to all God’s people, to every one of us, who want to do His will and be His witnesses; that is what Jesus wants us to do, to go and make disciples.
The gift from the most High God, the all-powerful and Almighty God, we could never be wrong and He will always be with us. God, the Merciful Saviour, granting us the Holy Spirit to guide, lead, empower, build us on our path to the victory.
When He descends at the Second Coming, He will come in glory as the victor over death to judge all deathly acts, that is, all sins.
Jesus said “I am with you and no-one will be against you”
And in Joshua 1:5 we read:-
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. I will not leave you or forsake you.
As glorious as the Ascension was, they have the assurance that He will be there with them just as He is with you and I. It is time for them to exercise their faith, to activate their discipleship, and get to work in doing ministry.
This call to responsibility is still true today. We experience the risen Christ, but are we moving forward? Are we fulfilling the ministries he had given to the church?” We have been placed where we are- to be witnesses
We need to move forward in the ministry of faithful disciples or we will perish. When the church has no goal, the people will perish. What is our goal? What are we doing to make the church more welcoming, to attract the lost and forlorn.
We have listened and responded to be followers of Jesus, we have prayed, and learned Holy Scripture becoming part of a family of believers in Christ. We are called to go out and share Christ’s love with those lost and forlorn.
I am challenging you today, can you go out to seek and to save the lost by His grace. He anoints us with His Holy Spirit, motivates us, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with faith with a strong foundation in Him, everlasting enduring divine love, good courage, hope, and believing that it will transform people’s lives.
Can we commit as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ to live, not in fear but to live boldly as we are transformed by Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit by Our Lord Jesus Christ who is arisen, ascended and glorified. A Christ who sits at the right hand of God the Father and intercedes for us each and every moment of our lives.
The power of Jesus is not power as the world has or knows it.
We have the power to do acts of kindness, to be in obedience and in humility. People must see Jesus in us, and be struck by the Power of God. We must stop being lukewarm, God will spew us out.
We MUST be on fire for Him and then people will believe in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Our churches must come to be under the submission of God.
In Psalm 47 we are told that we must be living proof of being a joyous family of God. If we are not, then how can we invite the hurting and confused world to join the church of Christ? How can we say to them, come and sing praises to God, to exalt Him when they are broken and bruised, hurt and suffering.
As Jesus ascended, He blessed His disciples, and today He blesses you and me with the power of His Spirit and He walks with us and guides us to reach out and touch Him as He passes by. Lead people to Him through faith and love and he is never to busy to touch, heal and mend any broken heart or restore, renew or revive your life.
As you turn to Him, He will lead you on from glory to glory, outpouring His love and blessing upon your life.
As you meet with Christ Jesus, the man from Nazareth, you will have a life changing experience, and you will never be the same again.
With many peaceful blessings